Massachusetts 2008 ballot measures
The Massachusetts Constitution can be amended through initiative and new state laws (statutes) can be proposed through initiative. All three statewide ballot measures that earned a spot on the November ballot by collecting signatures were new state laws (not constitutional amendments).
In Massachusetts, after the state determines which initiatives have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to be placed on the ballot, official numbers/names are assigned to each of the successful initiatives. Secretary of State William Galvin has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot. His office announced that they had determined the ballot ordering "based on the perceived relative importance of the proposed laws."
- Through 2008, 64 citizen-initiated ballot propositions had appeared on the Massachusetts ballot since the beginning of the process in 1920.
- Of those 64, 32 were approved by voters.
November 4, 2008 ballot
|IndISS||Question 1||Taxes||Repeal state income tax|
|IndISS||Question 2||Marijuana policy||Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana|
|IndISS||Question 3||Animal rights||Prohibit (professional) dog racing|
Didn't make ballot
|VR||Repeal 40B||Government Administration||Would strip four affordable housing provisions from the state's permitting law||Failed signature requirement|
- Massachusetts signature requirements
- List of Massachusetts ballot measures
- List of ballot measures by state
- Massachusetts Elections Division
- I&R Institute, Historical Listing of Massachusetts' initiatives
- List of current petitions filed in Massachusetts from the Attorney General's office
- Berkshire Eagle: "Income tax repeal gets 1st ballot slot," July 11, 2008
- Boston Herald: "Galvin makes income tax repeal Question 1 on ballot," July 10, 2008
- PolitickerMA.com: "Initiative to repeal state income tax gets first slot on November ballot," July 11, 2008
- Imagine Election - Sample ballots, candidate profiles and polling place information for Massachusetts voters.
- Project Vote Smart - Candidate information including issue positions and voting records.
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